We regularly hold events for families, and adults, throughout the year. Details of upcoming events can be found below and you can find the full guide here


Fossil casting
Tuesday 30th July, 10.00 – 12.30
Outside the Sedgwick Museum – by the steps
Free family drop in. Ideal for ages 5 and above

Learn about some fascinating fossils that are over 600million years old and find out how these extinct Ediacaran creatures lived. Be a palaeontologist for the morning and cast your very own plaster copy of these mysterious creatures.

Limited space and availability – please be patient

 dino feet

Walk like a Dinosaur
Tuesday 6th August 10.00am – 13.00
Free family drop in. Ideal for ages 4 and over

Did dinosaurs paint their toe nails? Palaeontologists (people who study dinosaurs) don’t know for sure what colour dinosaurs were. Come and do your own research then make and decorate a pair of dinosaur feet to wear home.

 fossil rubbing

Fossil Rubbing
Thursday 8th August, 10.00 – 13.00
Free family drop in. Ideal for ages 4 and over

Come and make your own fossil rubbing of footprints, frogs, fish, pterosaurs and much more. Once you have done your rubbing, see if you can find similar fossils in the Museum collection.


Zoolab – how to build a dinosaur
Tuesday 27th August
45 minute sessions at 11am 12pm, 2pm 3pm
Age 7+ Children must be accompanied by an adult but due to space limitations, only one adult per child please.
Free. Booking essential via Eventbrite Book your place

Find out how some animals can change colour and body temperature. Explore what other animals and human beings need to do to cope with widely different temperatures and types of environment. It is all part of a voyage of discovery into how animal senses have adapted and how animal characteristics have developed over evolutionary time. The session combines imagination and working scientifically to uncover the big ideas of science and stimulate keen interest in young minds.

This event will be through the door underneath the Museum steps.

Don't forget to check out the University of Cambridge Museum's What's On guide to events across all eight Museum and garden venues.

Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00

10:00 to 16:00 



Fifty years ago, Cambridge mineralogist, Dr Stuart Agrell was given VIP treatment and a police escort after flying into Heathrow from the USA because he was carrying a bag full of very precious rock material. The samples were amongst the most expensive ever collected as they had been retrieved from the moon by two of the American Apollo 11 mission astronauts. The programme of their investigation was a remarkable and unprecedented example of international scientific collaboration, which still continues.

Stuart Agrell on the underground with a carpet bag of rocks from the Apollo 11 missionGuess what I’ve got in my bag? 50 years ago, Cambridge mineralogist, Stuart Agrell nonchalantly carried some of the most valuable rocks ever collected back to Cambridge in his holdall. (© Mirrorpix, reproduced with permission)

Two of the University of Cambridge’s museums, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and Museum of Zoology have been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award, it was announced today.